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Lyndale Blog - June 2018

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At Last

By the time you get to read this, I believe Lyndale will be back together.

That is to say that the structures that got pummelled by a wind event on the 10th of April will be back to being what they were designed to do and looking much like they used to.

We have been lucky in that the weather really has not been cold until recently and the rain has held off largely, which has meant we could scrape by with our young plants going "topless" in some cases.

I imagine that some of you will not realise that we are able to produce plants all year round.

While our winter production takes longer to finish, we can maintain reasonable growth without forcing plants all year round.

Water control is critical in this scenario, hence the welcome return of one of our crop covers. In the young plant world it is all too easy to kill plants with too much water; hence the need for control and restraint on the part of those responsible for administering water either by controlled irrigation or even hand watering.

 


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Water control is critical

Camellia Hedges

Camellias have done extremely well this year and seem to be getting the attention they deserve, as low maintenance hedges, which fit into modern urban and rural gardens alike.

It is important to acknowledge New Zealand's place in the world of Camellia breeding.

Jack Clark, Les and Felix Jury, Neville Hayden and Oz Blumhardt are names of a few of the people who created hybrid crosses of predominantly C. japonica x sasanqua species to come up with some of the useful camellias that became the well known and well travelled garden plants that are now scattered all over the world.

It is pleasing to see that the Auckland Botanic Gardens are continuing some of this work with the breeding aim of making crosses and identifying selections that are resistant to petal blight.

It is well documented that Camellia transnokoensis and C. lutchuensis are both species that are resistant to petal blight.

Interestingly, most of the hybrids bred in the early 1960's are not affected by petal blight in NZ as they appear to flower before the fungus gets active.

 


Camellia 'Moonlight'


Camellia 'Yuletide''


Camellia 'Setsugekka'

What Causes Petal Blight?

The nasty involved is the fungus Ciborinia camelliae Kohn. This fungus affects only flowers of camellia not roots, stems or leaves, so it could be worse.

Symptoms include brown spots, enlarging rapidly during warm weather as the fungus invades and kills flower tissue.

It is very specific in its chosen host, as it does not affect other plants, only camellia.

In New Zealand C. sasanqua (just finishing flowering in Auckland now) and their hybrid crosses flower earlier and seem to escape any marking on their flowers.

However, as I noted earlier this is entirely due to their early flowering habit rather than any resistance to the fungus.

Early flowering was the characteristic that attracted us to the Paradise series of camellias bred by Bob Cherry in Australia.

They really are proving to be awesome plants with C. 'Paradise Helen' being my absolute favourite white early flowering camellia, the perfect hedge!

 


Bob Cherry's
Camellia 'Paradise Blush'


Bob Cherry's
Camellia 'Paradise Helen'

Helleborus To The Fore

They thrive in shade and prefer the colder side of any garden, yet they are drought tolerant and love frosts! Plus, for nurseries they flower in the middle of winter, so are great plants to spread positive cash flow into months that are not renowned for such buoyancy.

We bring lots into the country to order.

Look out for our new catalogue and see what might be available to order.

Kind regards
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team

 


Helleborus

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